Matthew 19:5 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh”
25 years ago my husband and I became One Flesh…God knit our hearts together and we embarked on that adventure called Marriage. To celebrate we wanted to go on a cruise for our 25th..but we settled for a simple day in downtown Seattle at the Pike Place Market and the Waterfront…it was almost as good! LOL What a fun day we had…
Then off to a beautiful dinner at Wild Ginger Restaurant in the heart of downtown…No kids (a rarity) It’s always sooo nice whenever I see leather menu covers at restaurants that don’t have sticky little fingerprints all over them :) Not that I don’t love sticky little fingers… We also had above and beyond quality service!
When my husband and I met 27 years ago it was not love at first sight. However I was very drawn to this man of God..although I had never ever (to my knowledge) known a man of God before. Here is how it all began…
Well most of you know that I am in recovery..you can read that story here..anyway in my early days of recovery I went to many, many AA meetings. In AA you are encouraged to have a power that is greater than yourself to focus on..it can be anything..door knobs..pillows..people..God..anything goes. It is common knowledge that you are to accept and respect one another and one another’s beliefs. As long as it is keeping you sober.
I won’t go into how I came to know the Lord at this time…I’ll save that for another time..it’s amazing :) Anyway, I had accepted Jesus into my heart about 6 months before I met my husband…
It was a day like any other, simply staying sober and walking with my Jesus One Day At A Time. I sat in on one my usual AA meetings, when all of a sudden a guy that I had never seen before was called on to speak. He began going on and on about God. The God of the Bible! What? You can’t just start talking about God like that in an AA meeting. He was saying things like..”there’s a pitchfork in one corner” and a “Cross in another Corner” In other words heaven or hell your choice. Ummm I know…let’s just say my husband is VERY BOLD. LOL
I sat there telling myself that this was not the time or place for such boldness..I heard a voice speak to my heart..What was that?? for the first time EVER I heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart saying “Anywhere is the time or the place to talk about me” What!? It was amazing to have God speak to my heart for the first time!
After the meeting I walked up to this guy and asked him what church he went to. I had NEVER been to church before…except when I was about in 5th grade someone took me to Vacation Bible School for a couple days. He told me what church he went to and invited me to go that following Sunday.
So I met him at the church with my 2 girls and we met his 2 children. After taking the children to Sunday School classes we went to the service. Oh my, if you could have seen how I dressed you would crawl under a chair..but those folks just loved me…that’s another story too! I’m full of them :) After a few weeks of going to church on Sundays this sweet guy asked me if I wanted to take a new believers class.. I said “sure” whatever that meant!
You know what this guy said once we were in that class??!!
He introduced me as “his future wife” WHAT! What nerve this guy has! I was not too pleased about this. The next thing I know he talked me into getting a real live Bible (I had never read one before!) Yep..I snuck into a Christian Store one day and got the most plain Bible I could find. I didn’t want ANYONE to know what book I was carrying around. Oh that’s another story too! LOL
Well you could say the rest is history..we actually stayed just friends for a couple of years and when we did finally start dating..we were married within 3 months and blended our families together!
I would love to tell you that we lived happily ever after..but as you can imagine our struggles have been many with the two of us being in recovery, having backgrounds with abuse and blending a family together. We have had many many trials and triumphs over 25 years..someday I will write about them…I could write a whole book on this topic, to tell you of our amazing and powerful God that works ALL things together for good for HIS GLORY…
I am so thankful for my husband and the gift he has been to me!
No matter your struggles or triumphs..be the wife that God has created you to be…no matter how hard or joyful the season!
Do you have struggles or triumphs that you would like to share? Would you like to have me write about marriage?